Can We Trust That 'No Animals Were Harmed'?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Two separate investigations into animal abuse in the entertainment industry have prompted federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which enforces the Animal Welfare Act, and called into question what exactly the American Humane Association guarantees when it uses the phrase, "no animals were harmed" during the production of some popular films and TV shows.

A Mother Jones investigation revealed illegal and abusive treatment of wild animals behind the scenes of Animal Planet’s hit show Call of the Wildmanand a detailed expose in The Hollywood Reporter implicated big film productions such as The Hobbit and Life of Pi.

This story originally appeared on the CBC Program Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

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Animal Mensch

This issue was previously addressed in a different sort of way:

Jan. 29 2014 10:21 PM
Sarah Barton-King from 1 East 93rd St #1A NY 10128 NY

I actually do not believe this. When you look at the ads across the board whether TV, Film or Mags there is something really off kilter. No animal, bird or fish is able to just 'be there' without some form of pacifying.
So, no I do not believe they are unharmed! Look at the Ringling Bros and the Elephants electric prods, forcing trunks into happy curling up poses, little legs made to balance on things that are clearly not meant to balance on or even to be doing.
So it is time to come out of the pretend 'caring' closet and own up to our abusive use of all creatures for our own ends.
Thank you

Jan. 29 2014 04:10 PM
Lynn from New York

It really is cruel what we continue to do to sentient non-humans for entertainment. These producers would be jailed if they did the same to humans. This planet will heal when we respect the life of all creatures, including humans, around the globe.

Jan. 29 2014 09:13 AM

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